TERO-Certified Vendors Grow Oklahoma Economy

TERO-certified Contech, Inc. built the earthwork and site concrete, multi-use Performing Arts Center for the Broken Arrow Public Schools (contechinc.net)

The Cherokee Nation has, by far, the largest and most progressive Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO) program in Indian Country, according to Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden.

“Eleven years ago we had around 330 TERO-certified vendors, and today that number is well over 800,” he said. “It is growing more and more each year and enabling more Cherokees to earn a quality job and make a good living. These Indian-owned businesses are vital to northeast Oklahoma’s economy.”

More than 820 Indian-owned companies are TERO-certified vendors able to do business with the Cherokee Nation and compete for government contracting jobs. In fiscal year 2018, TERO vendors earned more than $40 million in contracts with the tribe.

“I am so grateful to our TERO-certified businesses because they have played such a vital role in Cherokee Nation’s economic growth,” Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said in a statement. “The ripple effect of Cherokee Nation’s recent economic success is evident when you see the growth of Cherokee Nation-certified TERO businesses. We are not only helping Natives establish and succeed in business with the awarding of contracts but also indirectly providing even more jobs to all Native people through our TERO vendors.”

The Cherokee Nation honored hundreds of Native-owned businesses during the tribe’s 11th Annual TERO Certified Indian Owned Business Awards Banquet on November 1 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

Commercial construction project for oil field service company on the North Slope of Alaska. (contechinc.net)

Contech, Inc.

Among the Indian-owned businesses was Contech, Inc., recognized by the Cherokee Nation as Construction Company of the Year.

Established by Bryan Adair in 1999, Contech’s size and scope of projects has steadily increased over three decades from small jobs to large commercial, institutional and industrial plants and distribution centers.

“The Cherokee Nation’s help means everything to TERO-certified businesses,” Contech Inc. owner Bryan Adair has previously said. “It gives the businesses a much better ability to work and serve, and also compete with other businesses. It’s just a tremendous help to our company and many others.”

Contech has completed hundreds of projects in Oklahoma, surrounding states and Alaska—including working on Tulsa’s park, the $465 million Gathering Place.

The nine certified Indian-owned businesses for 2018 are as follows:

Woman-Owned Business of the Year – L & H Services, Tahlequah
Pioneer Award – C & L Supply, Vinita
Community Leadership Award – Frame Tek, Bixby
Consulting Firm of the Year – HP Engineering, Rogers, Arkansas
Customer Service Award – Maska Builders, Jenks
Retail Business of the Year – Turtle Nation Engraving, Proctor
Small Business of the Year – Walkingstick Painting, Westville
Large Business of the Year – Lynxsystems, Tulsa
Construction Company of the Year – Contech, Inc., Broken Arrow